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Comment: Tyrant: The computer game (Score 5, Interesting) 803

by Neo-Rio-101 (#46764715) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

I learnt an interesting political lesson on my Commodore 64 back in the day.

There was this political sim called "Tyrant" (ancient descendant of Tropico, or civilisation), and you played as the dictator of a communist state.
It was a pretty hard game, as most times the state would collapse and there'd be a revolution.

Eventually, after playing it long enough I managed to find the one way to prevent that state from ever collapsing and have it eternally make money.

Firstly, you had to invade all the surrounding countries and smash external threats.
Then you convert to a democracy and install elections.
Then you generate lots and lots of jobs for people in the secret police
Then you brainwash the populace with masses spent on election funding.
With the population happy and brainwashed, you could raise the tax rate through the roof and no-one would care... also thanks to the huge secret police force they would turn on each other instead of resist the ridiculous taxation and the root cause of said taxation (thanks to election brainwashing)

Does this sound familiar?

It was kinda fun for a buggy BASIC program.

Comment: Re:Failure imminent (Score 1) 165

by Neo-Rio-101 (#46753327) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

The cassette recorder can be emulated too. There is a file format for C64 cassettes called TAP.

That said, the tape emulation can be sped up, and with the TAP loading from solid state memory, you get to miss out on hitting a load error, having to rewind the tape, and starting all over again 5 minutes for something to load. I have to admit, having the emulated tape takes all the fun out of it!

Comment: Re:8 out of 10 for cool. 1 out of 10 for interesti (Score 1) 165

by Neo-Rio-101 (#46752721) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Said author is brilliant but suffers from schizophrenia. He hears multiple voices in his head and can't control them. He's almost impossible to talk to because of this, as he gets sidetracked and the "voice of God" leads him way off the rails.

That said, his OS is the best April Fools joke you can play on any one in your office. Remove their desktop hard drive and replace it with a disk that boots into this!

Comment: What happened to the Romans? (Score 1) 351

by Neo-Rio-101 (#46702351) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

This is the argument that usually gets the slam-dunk in discussions with racial supremacists of any ilk.
The fact that all civilizations form, collapse, and remorph is an element of evolution.

As for indigenous populations dying off... many of them interbreed with the local populations, while the rest of them engage in self-destructive behaviour (gambling, alcohol, and other vices) which in turn destroy what's left of their old communities.

Comment: Re:That would be a good trick (Score 1) 1037

by Neo-Rio-101 (#46675855) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Humans obviously have a belief circuit that is exploited by organized religion.

Yes, and it's called the placebo effect. Derren Brown did a whole show on it.

Think of a large important building, where very important people work who dress in funny coats, and are surrounded by very expensive objects. These people have some very esoteric knowledge and many people visit them looking for healing. They promise that you'll get better if you do what they say, and follow their ritual a few times a day. People swear that what they do actually works.

So what is this place called?

No, it's not a church or temple.... it's a hospital.... but the principle is the same, although the hospital is somewhat more scientific.

While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.